Captain Apache (1971)
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The plot has been maligned, but that is not doing it justice. The audience shares Captain Apache's puzzled investigation and it ends in a supreme ironic situation--one that leads to a question of the perceived necessity of a hero. Profound indeed.
Van Cleef is a native american who is a member of the US Army. He's investigating a mysterious plot which involves something sinister in the government. Every person he talks to seems to know about the plot but is not able to give him information. He goes from person to person, trying to determine what is going on. He gets teased about being a "red ass", is beaten up, drugged, beaten up some more, and ridiculed some more.
There's very little about being an Indian here, with perhaps the exception that people beat on him for it. He does meet up with an Indian Chief at one point, and has to strip out of his army clothes before he can be talked to.
If you're a western fan, this is definitely a DVD to rent, to see if it strikes your fancy. If you enjoy it, it can become one of those cult classics that you put on at 2am and enjoy reciting a few lines along with.
However, the roles suit the main actors down to the ground (I agree, Van Cleef's strongest outing on film) and there are some memorable scenes plus bizarre moments - the burning fuse showdown, for example. The dialogue is rare and sharp.
I think the best way of describing it, is a surreal take on the traditional western with a mystery thrown in like a cryptic clue, "April Morning". There is a very similar crazy western with Robert Shaw and Telly Savalas which springs to mind. When I remember its name I will come back and edit this review.* The thing is, by the late 1960s, the genre had been well and truly mined to exhaustion on both small and big screen, and thus came certain productions which seem to be a collection or synthesis of odd and weird moments that cropped up in isolation in many of these westerns.
For all that it works very well and is highly enjoyable, especially late at night with a few glasses.
* 'A Town Called Hell'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good old movie except for dark scenes where you could not see what was taking place or what the action was.Published 11 days ago by William G.
Lee van Cleef may have been typecast thorughout his career, but, he carried this so-so movie on his movie star shoulders!Published 2 months ago by Sophorsyne
I Like Lee Van Cleef''s acting. He was of those regular looking character actors that always did a good job of being convincing in his roles.Published 2 months ago by Leon Wilson
Lee Van Cleef is the best BUT not in this movie. Probably Worst Western that I had ever watchedPublished 3 months ago by Ron